Man charged after flight manual appears on eBay

Throwing the book away from him...

The auction of a purloined flight manual on eBay has prompted the arrest of an Air Canada baggage handler.

Robert Gaglione, 47, of Brampton, Ontario has been charged with theft after allegedly offering a stolen 2002 edition of the airline's flight manual up for sale on the online auction site earlier this month.

The manual, designed only for use by flight crews, includes sensitive security details "including who has the keys to the cockpit doors and the potential seat locations of sky marshals", Canada's Globe and Mail reports. The February 10 auction also offered flight charts as part of the package.

Air Canada noticed the auction four days later, the auction was pulled and police were contacted. Peel Regional Police didn't have to do much legwork to identify their prime suspect - the auction provided full contact information.

Gaglione has been suspended by Air Canada pending an internal investigation. He is due to face charges of theft under $5,000 and "possession of property obtained by crime" at a hearing in a Brampton court on March 10. ®

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